Elaine Bernard Electric Range February 06, 2019 08:10:59
Double-oven ranges offer plenty of versatility. If you want the ultimate in flexibility out of your range, without breaking the bank, we highly recommend taking a look at the Samsung NE59J7850WS (Est. $1,560). It gets excellent feedback from owners and experts, including Recommended status at Consumer Reports, with Excellent or Very Good scores in every measure of cooking performance. It`s also an Editors` Choice selection and Best of the Year winner at Reviewed, where Kori Perten largely applauds both performance and value. This oven uses Samsung`s Flex Duo system; unlike traditional double oven ranges, it gives the cook the option of using a single 5.9 cubic foot cavity oven, or splitting that space with a removable ceramic divider to create dual, independent ovens with capacities of 2.7 cubic feet for the upper cavity and 3 cubic feet for the lower one. To aid in flexibility, the oven features a split door system that lets you open the door for just the top cavity, or for the entire oven.
The ranges in this roundup were tested over a period of years, all adhering to the same careful procedures in a lab environment. We consider set-up and ease of use, cooking performance, and fit, finish & feel. The cooking tests are, as you might expect, the most involved and the most heavily weighted part of the process. We use cake, cookies, toast, and pork roast as the food samples—always from the same source and prepared in exactly the same way. If an oven has a convection fan, we usually test with convection on and off. If it`s a double oven, we usually test both upper and lower.
Cooking performance is where a range needs to shine, and the GE JB750SJSS doesn`t disappoint. Professionals and users say the smoothtop cooktop heats up fast and does an excellent job in all areas, from maintaining a steady simmer to quickly bringing ingredients to a rolling boil. CNET gives the special credit for its performance in cooking a test chicken using the oven`s convection roast setting -- saying it compares favorably with what`s seen in ovens costing more than five times as much. "The skin was golden brown and crispy, and the meat was as juicy as could be," Clark says. Broiling performance was a little on the slow side, CNET reports, but at 16 minutes to broil six hamburgers, "this oven was still faster than some more expensive ranges we`ve tested."
Everyone in the office gets excited when we test ovens, because it means we bake a lot of cookies. We also cook and bake other foods to get an idea of how quickly and evenly they heat. We look at how quickly they preheat and how well they hold their temperature, and just how much that temperature varies from what the oven’s display says. When it comes to ranges, we want to know how long it takes to boil water on each of the burners. We also like to see how well the burner holds its heat by putting it on simmer for 20 minutes and tracking the liquid’s temperature. But ranges aren’t just there for cooking. Kitchens are points of pride for many people, so aesthetics matter a lot. It’s not just how pretty the appliance is, though. We let the staff use them throughout the testing phase to get feedback on how intuitive the interface is — and whether or not the oven burned their pizza.
But performance is what`s most important, and the NE58F9500SS doesn`t disappoint. Expert and user reviewers give it high marks in basically all of the cooking tests it was tasked with, both on the cooktop (which sports the same compliment of burners found on the NE59J7850WS) and in the oven itself. Although, as noted, it`s been around for a few years, or maybe because it`s been around for a few years, the NE58F9500SS looks to be a great choice if you want a really versatile, slide in double oven upgrade.
Samsung makes the best slide-in double oven. It`s pricier, but if you want a slide in double oven, feedback indicates that the Samsung NE58F9710WS (Est. $2,000) is a top choice. Though it lacks the split door found in the Samsung NE59J7850WS (profiled above), it feature`s the same Flex Duo design, which means you can use it as a single oven, or insert a divider to make it a double oven. The Flex Duo system in this Samsung oven has the same pluses -- and minuses -- discussed when we covered the NE59J7850WS. It offers cooks the option of using a single 5.8 cubic-foot oven or splitting that into two independent ovens of 2.4 cubic feet (top) and 3.3 cubic feet (bottom). However, there are also some limitations on how each cavity can be used when the oven is split, so you`ll need to overcome a small learning curve to get the most out of the oven.